Gigantic Marijuana Plants
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Cannabis crops are some of the most versatile crops on the planet, capable of adapting to almost any growers needs thanks to the amazing variation in how long some strains take to grow versus others. You can find spectacular autoflowering strains that are ready to cut in just about two months of cultivation, and then you can also find seasonal strains that need certain photoperiods (periods of light and darkness) to grow and flower. Today we’re going to talk about some tips and tricks to grow gigantic marijuana plants; to do this they’ll need a longer growth period and a whole lot of care, but you’ll be rewarded with the biggest specimens that you have ever seen.
Many growers have already seen astonishing images in which American growers are standing beside incredible 4 or 5 meter tall marijuana trees with an enormously dense branch structure that end up looking like big green balls. This phenomenon is quite typical in Humboldt’s seed catalogue and other American seed banks, as well as professional growers books and of course thousands of images and videos online.
Choose a good strain
Choosing a strain with a decent growth level is essential because your plants entire structure will depend on this specific characteristic. Sativa strains tend to have a much larger growth as well as a larger distance between nodes and a thinner, taller structure. Indicas, however, grow into more manageable plants with shorter distances between nodes, more branches and a stronger central stem.
Indica and sativa hybrids obviously have characteristics from both genotypes, although depending on the strains used to create the hybrid and the percentage of indica vs sativa, they’re more likely to have certain characteristics. Generally, the biggest specimens will have a sativa percentage of over 60%; if the plant is indica-dominant then the specimens will be more compact but with a larger branch structure.
Make sure they get a good growth period
Growth timing is definitely a key element when trying to grow large plants due to the fact that once your plants move on to the flowering stage, they tend to get a lot bigger. This means that the bigger your plant grows during its growth stage, then the more they will develop during the flowering stage.
For outdoor crops, growers have to depend on the seasons and the climate for their plants to switch periods, whereas indoors the grower decides when to change the light period, allowing him or her to choose how big their plants should grow. This means that indoor growers can play around with the number of plants and the timing of their crops; with a shorter growth period you can have more plants. This is how SoG systems were born; cuttings don’t need a growth phase and seeds only need two growth weeks.
There are also growers that like to fill their crop area with just one plant, giving it an enormous growth period as well as a large flowerpot; this makes for plants that would leave outdoor growers astonished. Some seed banks keep mother plants for over 10 years, so we know that you can give your plants all the growth time you want and rest assured that they won’t die (if you take care of them properly).
So, now that you know that you can grow plants indoors for as long as you want, and that outdoors marijuana plants grow a larger branch structure, the question is: What would happen if you let your plants have a long growth period and then took them outside to flower?
When you grow your plants indoors and then take them outdoors they go from getting 18h of light a day to getting a lot less, so they immediately begin flowering. If it’s still growth season your plants will begin budding but then they’ll revegetate, losing potency in the process which is something you want to avoid, especially with a crop like this that takes a lot more work.
However, if you take your plant outdoors to flower when the sun begins to set earlier, your plants will begin flowering normally and should be ready around the same time they would be ready if you had planted them outside from the beginning. The obvious difference is that these plants will be much larger and have a much higher yield; by using this method you can get plants that are over 4m tall.
Increase the number of branches through pruning
If you use the previous method it’s not hard to get gigantic plants, but large plants don’t necessarily have a lot of branches. If you’re looking to increase the number of branches on your plants then you’ll need to consider pruning them.
It’s actually quite common for indoor growers to prune their plants every now and then when they’re employing a long growth period. If done properly without stressing your plants too much, then your plants should grow various new branches per pruning. All you’ll need to do is use a revitalizer on your plants to reduce stress and a couple of weeks after pruning more branches will have grown. If you’re thinking of using a growth period of a few months then you’ll have enough time to repeat this process a good few times. Once they begin flowering the amount of branches will obviously be higher, making your plants incredibly leafy and bushy.
Stake or string your plants to increase strength
Staking plants is essential if you want them to develop correctly and constantly, so you’ll need to start doing it during their first few days. You’ll need to start by staking the trunk and then wiring the branches that grow, which will give a higher yield thanks to being held up.
When your plants have reached the production levels that we were talking about before, the stakes or string you’re using might not be strong enough to put up with the weight of the branches and buds; one of the most recommended systems is by using metal meshes. By doing this you can hold up each branch individually and with less stress on the mesh due to the fact that the weight of the plant will be evenly distributed. It’s also pretty easy to set up, all you have to do is extend the mesh over your plant, placing each branch in a hole making sure that light can still access all of them.
So, now you know that if you want to get monstrously huge plants you have to consider the strain, give them a much longer growth period, prune selectively, and make sure that it can deal with the weight of all of those amazing buds. If you follow all of these tips you’re guaranteed to produce enough per crop to keep you going in between seasons. We recommend using organic fertilizers to increase flavor and cannabinoid levels in your plants, so that way your gigantic marijuana plants will have an extremely high production rate as well as powerful and flavorful buds.
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Top 10 tallest cannabis strains
Although tall cannabis strains offer spectacular yields, they definitely require more work than your average plants. Their towering heights mean they take a lot longer to reach maturity when compared to a fast-growing yet tiny autoflowering strain. Additionally, growers should be prepared for relatively high maintenance in terms of pruning and defoliation. This slight increase in labor is all worth it though; the view of mammoth cannabis trees dominating the garden space is a sight to behold.
If you have the space and you’re growing anyway, why don’t grow big, bigger, biggest? Here is our top 10 tallest cannabis strains available.
Monster received its gigantic genes through a breeding project involving parent strains Mexican, Mr. Nice G13 x Hash Plant, and Colombian. This genetic medley produced a sativa-dominant strain that features 80% sativa genetics and just 20% indica. These genetics are what makes Monster so imposing in stature.
The high induced from smoking a bong bowl loaded with Monster is sativa in nature, providing users with feelings of motivation, happiness, and euphoria. The uplifting and cerebral effects make the strain a good choice before physical activity or long working hours. This buzzy effect is augmented by desirable tastes and aromas of spices and wood.
Planting this beast within a garden bed or large pot will unleash the full potential of the magnificent specimen, allowing it to explode to heights of 4m with staggering yields of approximately 2800g/plant! She has a flowering time of 9–10 weeks.
2. Moby Dick
This unique specimen was birthed from a breeding project involving legendary strains White Widow and Haze. The high generated by Moby Dick is especially popular among smokers who prefer more intense and powerful experiences. The outcome is primarily a head high that brings about energetic, uplifting, and psychedelic sensations. The high is long-lasting, so strap in for the ride. The flowers offer tastes and smells of spice and lemon, which add to the intense energy of the high.
Indoor strains are capable of providing up to 650g/m² and grow to tall heights. However, their outdoor counterparts truly represent what this strain is capable of by pumping out massive yields of 1500g/plant and achieving towering heights up to 3.5m. Moby Dick features a flowering time of around 10 weeks.
3. Malawi Gold
This is a 100% sativa specimen that is also a landrace strain, meaning she is purely the product of her native environment. Malawi Gold has developed over centuries in the northern Malawi region of Southeast Africa, where she adapted to the stressors of her habitat. The lack of intensive selective breeding has left Malawi Gold with a medium THC content, resulting in a pleasant high that is clear, crisp, and subtle. It’s a superb smoke for users who prefer lighter highs that don’t overwhelm. Each toke is accompanied by spicy and fresh tastes.
This tall and branchy strain has evolved purely to thrive within outdoor settings and features a high growing difficulty. Indoor and outdoor plants feature medium yields and tall outdoor heights. Malawi Gold features a lengthy flowering time of 14 to 16 weeks, so some serious patience is required.
4. Dutch Dragon
Dutch Dragon can produce varying levels of THC between 17–21%, meaning highs can either be slightly mellow or quite intense. Regardless of potency, the high always induces pleasurable feelings of alertness, euphoria, and happiness. The uplifting and cerebral effects really get the cogs of the mind turning, making this smoke a great choice when having deep conversations with friends. Dutch Dragon is also a treat for the taste buds, offering mouthwatering flavors of sweet, sour, and citrus.
Dutch Dragon produces some very beautiful flowers, featuring light green shades, high quantities of trichomes, and bright orange hairs. She has a wild and unpredictable growth pattern and therefore requires quite a bit of TLC in order to tame her. Techniques such as topping and low stress training will do the trick. When grown indoors, Dutch Dragon offers yields of 500g/m² and reaches tall heights. Outdoor plants will produce massive yields up to 1000g/plant and grow to gigantic heights. She features a flowering time of 9–10 weeks.
5. Jack La Mota
Jack La Mota is in part named after Jack Herer, the legendary cannabis rights activist and “emperor” of hemp. The strain was created by combining some of the most appreciated and high-quality genetics out there in the form of Skunk, Haze, and Northern Lights 5. This breeding project produced a sativa-dominant strain featuring 75% sativa genetics and 25% indica genetics.
The flowers of Jack La Mota feature a THC content of between 15–20% and a high CBD content. This cannabinoid profile makes Jack La Mota a highly medicinal strain capable of easing symptoms of chronic pain, stress, anxiety, sleeping issues, and more. The terpene profile within the buds produces fantastic tastes and aromas of citrus, pine, skunk, and fruit.
Jack La Mota can be grown with great success in both indoor and outdoor settings. Indoor plants will produce large yields and grow to tall heights, so a large amount of free space is needed. Outdoor plants will outperform their indoor cousins and churn out huge yields, achieving heights of 3m. She features a flowering time of between 11–12 weeks.
If you have the space and you're growing anyway, why don't grow big, bigger, biggest? Check out our Top 10 with strains that grow to incredible heights.